Disaster

Two die in St Joseph fire

Two people have perished in a fire at a house in St Joseph.

Around 10pm on Monday, residents of Wellington Street heard a loud explosion.

Upon investigating they discovered a house in the area on fire.

The Fire Service was called in and responded to the blaze.

The charred remains of 88-year-old Peter Felix and 30-year-old Kris Brewster who were trapped in the blaze were later discovered by fire officers.

Investigations are ongoing.

 

Met Office: High chance of increased rainfall in 18-24 hours

The Met Office says there is still a high chance of heavy rainfall over the next 18-24 hours.

This is as a result of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone east of Trinidad and Tobago.

The following is the Met Office's latest bulletin.

"Early morning inclement weather that affected mainly Tobago and eastern coastal areas of Trinidad has slowly improved.

Man drowns in flood waters

Rising flood waters in South Trinidad have claimed the life of a 53-year-old mentally ill man.

The usually goes to his brother's house at Realise Road in Barrackpore around 3pm daily for food and medication.

However, on his way there, he passed across a bridge along Cunjal Road where the Lengua River passes.

His brother Ackbar Ali said when he didn't see him come, he sent his son to look for him.

 A resident said they saw him walking near the river while it was beginning to rise.

 

ODPM's Deputy CEO resigns

Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management Dave Williams has resigned with immediate effect.

Confirmation of his departure came from National Security Minister Edmund Dillon in a short message this evening.

A statement from the National Security Ministry said it is with immediate effect, but no further details were given about the reasons for his resignation.

However, Williams and the ODPM have faced public criticism over the agency's response to devastating flooding across the country last week.

Authorities: Be vigilant as heavy rainfall expected tomorrow

The Ministry of National Security is calling on citizens to be vigilant as more heavy rainfall is expected tomorrow.

The Ministry has issued some guidelines as flooding is expected in some areas.

"The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued an Information Bulletin #1 this afternoon advising that inclement weather is forecast to affect Trinidad and Tobago in 12 to 24 hours from early Wednesday morning (25th October, 2017). 

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